There are so many amazing things to do in Hamilton, New Zealand – but if you find yourself tiring of the Hamilton Zoo and Gardens, or just want a change of scenery, check out these 5 great day trips.
Home to roughly one-third of the population, Auckland, New Zealand is without a doubt the country’s largest and most modern city. No matter the traveler’s interests, they are sure to find plenty to keep them busy. History buffs will appreciate the many museums. They may also enjoy a quick ferry ride to historic Devonport, a quaint suburb on the harbor with countless cafes and shops to explore. Adventure-seekers might consider partaking in the Auckland Bridge Climb, a unique sightseeing tour across Auckland Harbour. Other favorite destinations in the city are Auckland Zoo and the Sky Tower, which offers 360-degree fees of Auckland and its surroundings.
Arguably one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations, Rotorua was built on top of a geothermal hot spot. This means visitors will find countless natural vents, hot pools, and other geothermal features within the city. Travelers on a budget will appreciate the many free activities available, including visiting the natural Hamurana Springs or beautiful Government Gardens. Beyond the gardens, Motutara is an interesting place to wander past geothermal hot springs and sulfur vents. The native Maori culture is quite prevalent in Rotorua, and is therefore one of the most common (and best!) places to try the traditional feast called Hangi.
There is no lack of beach life in New Zealand, but one of the most popular destinations is Tauranga, located in the Bay of Plenty. Day trippers will find plenty of water activities to keep busy, including fishing, sailing, diving, and kayaking! Art galleries, boutique shops, and delicious cafes abound on The Strand. This waterfront area is a great place for those requiring respite from the sun. If that’s not enough, visitors can explore the hot saltwater pools at Mount Maunganui or take a helicopter or boat ride to White Island, an active volcano just offshore of Tauranga.
Day trips to Waitomo will center on the amazing Glowworm Caves. Visitors will be able to take a guided walking tour through three levels of the caves or explore them via a black water rafting tour instead. Both options provide incredible insight into history of the caves, but the highlight is – of course – the worms themselves. Unique only to New Zealand, these worms emit a glowing light. The combined strength of their glow illuminates the caves, leaving visitors in awe of the sight. This indescribable experience has made the Glowworm Caves one of the world’s must-see attractions!
Lord of the Rings fans, this one is for you! Only a short 45-minute drive from Hamilton, visitors can step into Middle-earth and wander through the wonderful world of The Shire. Once upon a time, this land was home to a simple livestock farm but has since been transformed into one of the most iconic movie sets of our time. Both true fanatics and passive viewers will appreciate the knowledgeable tour guides, who welcome any questions and encourage lively debates about the books and movies. Groups will have plenty of time to take in the many hobbit holes, the picturesque garden, and the pretty lake before heading to the Green Dragon Inn and enjoying a delicious ale or cider.
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Posted by World Endeavors on April 6, 2016
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